Sunday Best

poem by: Geoffrey Brewer
Written on Feb 05, 2017

SUNDAY BEST: Sonnet in 100 words

Always smartest one in his brigade
He took painstaking pride in his appearance
Though beach at Dunkirk was no church parade
Upheld standards with dogged perseverance 
In  stony desert - Tobruk and  Alamein
Those baggy shorts and boots had little glamour
Heat  sweat and  dust became his bane
He endured fear, blood and  guns' deafening clamour
Then tide of battle turned, Britain stirred its might
Breaching Normandy coast then liberating France
Reached Germany's border, victory in sight
When one stray bullet halted his advance
Then at last he'd time to spruce and rest
At peace, laid out in his Sunday best

This was written as an exercise to write 100 words or less on a theme of: 'Sunday best'
A little abbreviated and yes, I know the Americans and all the British Empire played a part.
Poetic licence.

 

Tags: sad, rhyme, inspirational,

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Cecilia Crasto commented:
Congratulations Geoffrey, you said much in those few words, the last two lines do tug at the heart strings, so many lives needlessly lost.
Christopher Russon commented:
Well written poem Geoffrey.many lives lost but no lessons learned.

 

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